'I intend my art to not so much reveal and illuminate, but to deepen mysteries, to declare the strange, and even terrifying, in the familiar, the overlooked, and the everyday around us.'
Alibone's practice is continually evolving, shifting restlessly from figuration, to still life, to eerie landscapes with forbidding structures, and then back again. Whatever the subject, Alibone's work returns to those themes and motifs that characterise his distinctive vision: uncertainty, atrophy, and impermanence. His art trades in ambiguity, inviting, and resisting interpretation. The viewer is invited to explore a precarious world that is recognisable, yet also strange and unknowable. It evokes an unsettling and traumatised territory, which can be understood as both a physical and a psychological landscape; a contested frontier that lies between the safe and familiar, and something desolate, threatening and uncanny.
Jonathan Alibone is an artist based in the United Kingdom, and is currently both a resident and curator at the Artist's Sanctuary in Northampton, England. He has exhibited widely and his work features in collections in the UK, Europe, Russia and North America.
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